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PABLO CASALS - ENVELOPE SIGNED CIRCA 1952 - HFSID 251565

PABLO CASALS Envelope from the 1952 Prades Festival signed by cellist Pablo Casals with his birth name "Pau Casals" in the return address on the flap. Casals headed the Prades Festival, now known as the Festival Pablo Casals, from 1950 to 1956. Accompanied by an unsigned 1973 Spanish first day cover honoring Casals.

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Condition: fine condition
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PABLO CASALS
Envelope from the 1952 Prades Festival signed by cellist Pablo Casals with his birth name "Pau Casals" in the return address on the flap. Casals headed the Prades Festival, now known as the Festival Pablo Casals, from 1950 to 1956. Accompanied by an unsigned 1973 Spanish first day cover honoring Casals.
Envelope signed "Exp: Pau Casals" in the return on the flap. Black ink notations on verso in unknown hand. 6x5 envelope. On stationery for the 1952 Prades Festival at the Abbaye Michel de Cuxa, Prades, Pyrénées-Orientales, France. Postmarked Nov. 26, 1952, Prades, Pyrénées-Orientales, France. Addressed in Casal's hand to Mr. Lionel Aucoin, Spencer, Massachusetts. One 30-franc blue-and-white French stamp affixed. Lightly toned and creased. Normal postal stamps. Random ink stains. Neatly cut open at top edge. Light tear at top edge. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Unsigned first day cover. 6½x3½. First day cover honoring Casals with color cachet of him with his birth name "Pau Casals" at left edge and Spanish-language bio on verso. Postmarked Madrid, Spain, Dec. 29, 1973. One 3-peseta Casals stamp affixed. FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. Lightly toned, otherwise in fine condition. Casals headed the Prades Festival, now known as the Festival Pablo Casals, from 1950 to 1956. The Festival was originally organized in 1950 to mark the centennial of Johann Sebastian Bach, one of Casal's favorite composers. It also marked the end of his brief retirement from music after World War II, which he began to protest the lack of international action against Spain's General Francisco Franco. Casals (1876-1973, born Pau Casals in Vendrell, Spain) achieved worldwide renown as a violoncellist, conductor and composer. Casals was born near Barcelona, Spain, and was a patriot opposed to tyranny. The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) established General Francisco Franco as dictator of a bloody totalitarian state. Casals was so opposed to the Franco regime that he declined to appear in countries that recognized the totalitarian Spanish government, making an exception when he took part in a concert of chamber music in the White House on Nov. 13, 1961, at the invitation of President Kennedy, whom he admired.

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